Vanderbilt University Psychiatry

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Specialty Psychiatry
Hospital affiliation(s)
Vanderbilt University Hospital
Academic affiliation
Vanderbilt University
Current trainees
34
Trainees per year
9
Location Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Website Vanderbilt Psychiatry
Telephone 615-327-7119
NRMP Number
1702400C2

Program Description

The Vanderbilt Psychiatry Residency program was founded in 1947 and offers an opportunity for residents to receive training in general psychiatry and to begin a career balanced with clinical and academic possibilities.

As one of the leading centers in the nation for medical education, advanced patient care and biomedical research, Vanderbilt has a tradition of preparing physicians for careers in psychiatry.

Our four-year program is ACGME accredited with 9 resident positions each year. Entering at the PGY 1 level assures the progression through a carefully considered sequence of training designed to develop a broad set of clinical and academic skills.

The Vanderbilt Psychiatry Residency Research Track is designed as a flexible program that guarantees protected time for residents to conduct their research projects. The exact structure of the track and the amount of protected research time varies with the individual resident’s specific clinical interests and research and career goals.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Number of protected research months: 40% PGY3; 70% PGY4
  • Overall Size: 9/ Per Year
  • Research Track Size: 2 /Per Year
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes

Research Track Mentors in the Department of Psychiatry

Faculty: Margaret Benningfield, MD             Assistant Professor of Psychiatry       

Research interest: Neuroimaging of reward system and addiction risk.


Faculty: Jennifer Blackford, PhD                     Associate Professor of Psychiatry      

Research interest: Neuroimaging of temperament and anxiety circuitry.


Faculty: Carissa Cascio, PhD                           Assistant Professor of Psychiatry       

Research interest: Neuroimaging in autism spectrum disorders.


Faculty: Blythe Corbett, PhD                           Associate Professor of Psychiatry      

Neuropsychological, behavioral, neuroimaging, and biological measures of the socioemotional profile in autism and related disorders.


Faculty: Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD                   Professor of Psychiatry          

Research interest: Neuroimaging of obesity and addiction.


Faculty: Ariel Deutch, PhD                              Professor of Psychiatry          

Research interest: Dopamine and neuropsychiatric disorders.


Faculty: Harry Gwirtsman, MD                       Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Research interest: Biological dysfunction in patients with anorexia and bulimia, obesity, and mood disorders. Pharmacotherapy, genetics, and imaging in dementia.


Faculty: Stephan Heckers, MD, M.Sc.             Professor and Chairman, Psychiatry 

Research interest: Neuroimaging and cognition in psychosis.


Faculty: Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD                   Professor of Psychiatry          

Research interest: Molecular mechanisms of psychiatric disorders; gene-environment interactions; immune system activation in brain disorders.


Faculty: Paul Newhouse, MD                          Professor of Psychiatry          

Research interest: Neuroimaging in aging and cognition.


Faculty: Sachin Patel, MD, PhD                      Associate Professor of Psychiatry      

Research interest: The role of cannabinoids in neuropsychiatric disorders.


Faculty: Kevin Sanders, MD                            Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry     

Research interest: Autism spectrum disorders.


Faculty: Warren Taylor, MD                           Associate Professor of Psychiatry      

Research interest: Neuroimaging and clinical depression research and aging.


Faculty: Neil Woodward, PhD                         Assistant Professor of Psychiatry       

Research interest: Neuroimaging and neuropsychology of schizophrenia.

Dopamine in personality and cognition. 

Research programs and centers

The Mood Disorders Research Program 

The Psychotic Disorders Research Program 

The Center for Cognitive Medicine 

The Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program 

The Basic Neuroscience laboratories 

The Division of Addiction Psychiatry

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Vanderbilt Brain Institute

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science

  • Benefits: Vanderbilt Office of Graduate Medical Education
  • Career Development Opportunities: Offered through the department and numerous campus-wide activities.
  • Mentorship: Faculty research mentors are available.
  • Conference support: The department provides an annual allowance for presentation of scientific work at conferences.
  • Grant/manuscript support: The department offers grant/manuscript support through faculty review. In addition, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) offers research development studios. Administrative support is provided for grant submission.

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